There were rumors earlier in the week of Artemi Panarin joining the Blackhawks, and on Friday, the team made the signing official.

The Blackhawks announced a two-year deal for the 23-year-old Russian forward, who will be playing for the NHL after spending seven seasons in the Kontinental Hockey League.

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Last season, Panarin shared fourth in the KHL with a team-high 62 points and ranked fifth with 26 goals in 54 regular-season games with Saint Petersburg (SKA). He recorded a plus-18 rating and shared fifth in the league with seven game-winning goals.

Panarin also helped lead his team to the Gagarin Cup Championship with SKA. He was selected to the 2015 KHL All-Star Game, but did not play.

Panarin's recorded 183 points in 263 regular-season games in the KHL throughout the span of seven seasons, in addition to 29 points in 41 playoff contests with SKA and Ak Bars.